Bed sensor keeps unobtrusive eye on vital signs – Business News

Bed sensor keeps unobtrusive eye on vital signs

May 25 – A bed sensor developed by an Israeli team is proving to be an effective and more reliable alternative to conventional patient monitoring technology. The sensor is designed to unobtrusively monitor a patient’s vital signs from beneath their mattress and is less prone to sending out false alarms to nursing staff. Tara Cleary reports.

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A device called EarlySense, placed under mattresses in an Israeli hospital, is helping to ensure that patients’ vital signs are monitored accurately, but unobtrusively.
EarlySense’s CEO, Avner Halperin says the sensor is an effective and safer alternative to conventional monitors which require the attachment of wires to a patient’s skin.
“It’s based on a sensor, which is this one you see it here, which is placed under the mattress of a bed and monitors the patient continuously without ever touching his body, of heart, respiratory and motion. And gives alerts when the earliest warning signs of deterioration are present. And that makes the nurses and doctors much more effective in intervening early and keeping them out of trouble.”
And Halperin says EarlySense is much less prone than conventional systems to send out false alarms, which over time can desensitise carers to the possibility of a real emergency.
Connected to a bedside computer, the device monitors breathing, heart rate and heavy body movement.
“These three signals go through the mattress, are collected by this passive plaque which is like a passive antenna, digitized and then algorithms that we developed over ten years make that into very accurate vital signs that then are analysed and based on that, when something begins to go wrong, an alert is indicated to the nurse and physicians.”
Anat Margel, a nurse here at the Dorot Geriatric Hospital, says EarlySense has been a lifesaver.
“Two and a half years ago, before we started working with the system, we unfortunately had two incidents of patients that were found dead in their beds. Ever since we’ve been using the system and we monitor the patients, we identify the difficult condition of those patients. We had at least three of four incidents of ventricular fibrillation that the crew literally saved patients’ lives.”
EarlySense costs around $7,000 U.S. dollars and is used in about two dozen hospitals in America.
A sensor for home use is also being developed and Halperin says he’s confident that these devices will significantly reduce patient emergencies, and save lives.

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Ford tops GM in U.S. vehicle sales in May, driven by fleets| Reuters

Ford tops GM in U.S. vehicle sales in May, driven by fleets| Reuters

DETROITFord Motor Co (F.N), bolstered by heavy sales to fleet customers, surpassed General Motors Co (GM.N) in U.S. new vehicle sales in May, according to figures reported early Thursday.


Ford said May sales rose 2.2 percent from a year ago to 241,126 units. GM sales dropped 1.3 percent to 237,364.


GM said it had been trimming sales of heavily discounted vehicles to car rental companies. Such fleet sales made up about 19 percent of its total sales in May.


Ford’s fleet sales rose 8.4 percent, representing more than 34 percent of total sales. The industry average is around 20 percent.



Analysts had expected mixed results for the industry, with sales likely propped up by heavy discounts.


Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCHA.MI)(FCAU.N) said May sales dipped 0.9 percent to 193,040. Toyota Motor Co’s U.S. sales dropped 0.5 percent to 218,248. Nissan Motor Co (7201.T) said U.S. sales in May rose 3.0 percent, to 137,471.



After demand fell in March and April, analysts estimated May sales at just over 1.5 million. The seasonally adjusted annual rate of sales in May was estimated at 16.8 million to 16.9 million vehicles, about the same as April. A year earlier, sales stood at 17.55 million vehicles.


Early reports indicated that sales over the three-day Memorial Day weekend were helped by heavy discounts.



“While demand for new vehicles is still relatively strong, it’s a bit of smoke and mirrors,” said Jessica Caldwell, executive director of industry analysis at Edmunds, the car shopping website.


Manufacturers and dealers “really pushed the deals over the holiday weekend to prop up their May numbers,” she said. “Incentives were up sharply, and it seems automakers are putting more cash on the hood to nudge car shoppers to buy versus lease.”


General Motors dealers were offering discounts of up to $12,000 on the full-size Chevrolet Silverado pickup, while some dealer discounts on Ford Motor Co’s F-series pickups were more than $10,000 on 2017 models and more than $14,000 on leftover 2016 models. The 2017 model year started eight months ago.


(This story corrects paragraph 6 to say Toyota’s U.S. sales dropped 0.5 percent to 218,248; earlier version said sales dropped 3.2 percent to 156,865)


(Reporting by Paul Lienert in Detroit; Editing by Bernadette Baum)


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Scientists hail 3D table top as mist opportunity

Scientists hail 3D table top as mist opportunity

June 12 – Researchers in the UK have developed a prototype three dimensional screen made of mist, that will allow multiple participants to interact with shared images. The MisTable’s inventors say their water-based technology could prove transformative in the business and education sectors. Jim Drury reports.

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According to its creators, the MisTable takes motion control to a new level. The interactive device comprises a tabletop display with four personal screens made from a curtain of mist, pumped through a fog machine. UPSOT: MIST University of Bristol researcher Diego Martinez says users can either work alone or collaborate on the device as needs require. SOUNDBITE (English) DIEGO MARTINEZ, POST DOCTORAL RESEARCHER AT UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL, SAYING: “So if you need to do something on your own you can just interact in front of you. At the same time you see what others might be doing and if you want to you just find something that could be interesting for the rest. You can just drop it on the tabletop and share it with others.” The device works with two Microsoft Kinect motion sensors which follow the user’s hands and head, and a Leap Motion Controller that tracks their fingers. Computer images are reflected by a projector onto fog blown upwards between the user and the tabletop surface. UPSOT: MIST SOUNDBITE (English) PROFESSOR SRI SUBRAMANIAN, OF UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL’S COMPUTER SCIENCE DEPARTMENT, SAYING: “In this project what we are using is mist, which is a form of water particles which are suspended in mid air and we project onto these water particles, and because when you project light onto these mist particles it diffuses, you will see the content, the diffused light.” Team leader, Professor Sriram Subramanian, says its reach-through feature allows the user to push through the fog-screens and onto the display, a capability with multiple potential applications. SOUNDBITE (English) PROFESSOR SRI SUBRAMANIAN, OF UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL’S COMPUTER SCIENCE DEPARTMENT, SAYING: “If you think of education or if you think of boardroom meetings or if you think of strategic planning scenarios there are always people sitting in a room facing each other making decisions and discussing, where a table of this type would be useful.” Before commercialisation, the team want to refine the technology with higher display resolution, making it more attractive to consumers and ensuring the MisTable won’t be lost to the mists of time.

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Heavy Construction News Mineral deposits in Wyoming have revealed a new form of biologically produced uranium — ScienceDaily

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Uranium, the radioactive element that fuels nuclear power plants and occurs naturally in the Earth’s crust, is typically mined from large sandstone deposits deep underground. The uranium in these deposits, which are called roll fronts, has long been thought to form over millions of years via chemical reactions of sulfur and other non-biological compounds.

This widely accepted textbook geology is being challenged by Colorado State University biogeochemists in a new study published June 1 in Nature Communications. Thomas Borch, professor of soil and crop sciences with joint appointments in chemistry and civil and environmental engineering, and Amrita Bhattacharyya, a former postdoctoral researcher in Borch’s lab, offer evidence for a new origin story for the uranium trapped underground in roll fronts. Bhattacharyya is the paper’s first author, and is now a research fellow at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

“You know you might have a big story when you discover something that will result in people having to rewrite textbooks,” Borch said. “Our results may introduce a paradigm shift in the way we think about ore genesis and mining — from implications for human health, to restoration practices, to how mining companies calculate how much they can earn from a given site.”

Conventional wisdom has told us that uranium within ore deposits is mostly found in the form of uraninite, a crystalline mineral. In recent years, scientists had uncovered new evidence that bacteria – living microorganisms — could generate a different kind of reduced uranium that is non-crystalline and has very different physical and chemical properties. Borch, working on an unrelated experiment studying the composition of uranium at mined and unmined sites in Wyoming, surmised that this biogenic (of biological origin), non-crystalline uranium might occur naturally within ore deposits.

To find out, Borch’s team analyzed samples from the Wyoming roll front, using new techniques including synchrotron radiation-based spectroscopy and isotope fingerprinting. They found that up to 89 percent of the uranium from their 650-foot-deep samples wasn’t crystalline uraninite at all, but rather, a non-crystalline uranium that was bound to organic matter or inorganic carbonate. Most of the uranium they found in that unmined site is estimated to be 3 million years old, and formed via reduction by microorganisms – microbes that respire not on oxygen, but on uranium.

To verify their results, the team partnered with experts from the U.S. Geological Survey, Institute for Mineralogy at Leibniz University in Germany, and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, all of whom became paper co-authors.

Abundance of this biogenic non-crystalline uranium has implications for environmental remediation of mining sites, and for mining practices in general. For instance, biogenic non-crystalline uranium is much more likely to oxidize into a water-soluble form than its crystalline counterparts. This could impact the compound’s environmental mobility and its likelihood for contaminating a drinking water aquifer, Borch said.

Borch says that most states require spent mines to be restored to pre-mining conditions. “In order to get back to pre-mining conditions, we had better understand those pre-mining conditions,” Borch said. “The baseline may not be what we thought it was.”

Though there is now strong evidence for microbial origins of roll-front uranium, what’s less clear is whether the microbes making uranium today are the same as those that formed it in the Earth’s crust 3 million years ago. “But we do know through isotopic fingerprinting that the uranium formed via microbial reduction,” Borch said.

Borch’s co-authors include Rizlan Bernier-Latmani, a scientist in Switzerland who developed the isotopic fingerprinting techniques to differentiate between uranium formed via microbial or chemical means.

Borch and colleagues hope to explore the origins of roll-front uranium deposits at other sites, in order to evaluate the global significance of their findings.

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U.S. small business borrowing drops to six-month low | Reuters news

U.S. small business borrowing drops to six-month low| Reuters

In a sign that economic growth may soften ahead, borrowing by small U.S. firms dropped to a six-month low in April, data released on Thursday showed.


The Thomson Reuters/PayNet Small Business Lending Index dropped a third straight month in April to 123.1, down 5 percent from last April and the lowest level since October.


Movements in the index typically correspond with changes in gross domestic product growth a quarter or two ahead. The U.S. economy grew at a 1.2 percent annual pace in the first quarter, though the Atlanta Fed currently projects second-quarter expansion at a brisk 3.8 percent pace.



A separate barometer of small companies’ financial health suggests companies having more trouble paying off old loans. The share of loans more than 30 days past due was 1.7 percent in April, the highest rate in more than four years, PayNet data showed.


“That’s a bad cocktail: falling investment and rising loan delinquency,” said Bill Phelan, PayNet’s chief executive and founder. “It certainly is going in the wrong direction.”



Though still well below the crisis-era peak of 4.7 percent, the rise suggests an erosion in financial health that could spell trouble for future borrowing.


Healthcare was hit particularly hard, with borrowing falling 14 percent in April as the young Trump administration struggled to deliver on a promise to replace Obamacare with a new health insurance system.



Small business borrowing is a key barometer of growth because small companies tend to do much of the hiring that drives economic gains.


PayNet collects real-time loan information such as originations and delinquencies from more than 325 leading U.S. lenders.


(Reporting by Ann Saphir; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)


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Design-Build Storage Solutions from ClearSpan Fabric Structures :: Story ID: 34578 :: Construction Equipment Guide

Design-Build Storage Solutions from ClearSpan Fabric Structures

📅   Thu June 01, 2017 – National Edition

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Nebraska Counties Chip in on $300 Beltway Project :: Story ID: 34572 :: Construction Equipment Guide

Nebraska Counties Chip in on $300 Beltway Project

📅   Thu June 01, 2017 – Midwest Edition

Photo: Nebraska Gov.

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Lincoln and Lancaster County leaders have announced funding plans for the local share of a $300 million beltway project south of the capital city.

The plan announced Wednesday commits local governments to prepay their $50 million contribution over the next 16 months, saving them $10 million of what would have been $60 million — 20 percent of the total cost. Officials say the prepayment lets the state immediately move forward, avoiding construction cost inflation.

The so-called South Beltway would relieve traffic congestion and improve safety by connecting U.S. Highway 77 southwest of Lincoln to Nebraska Highway 2 southeast of the city.

The state Roads Department is planning a public meeting on beltway plans in late summer or early fall. The project construction is slated to begin in 2020.

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National Parks Wrap up Construction on Popular Tourist Destination – Construction Equipment Guide

National Parks Wrap up Construction on Popular Tourist Destination


📅   Thu June 01, 2017 – National Edition


The work at Jenny Lake is entering its final phase and will be completed by the end of 2017.

Photo: Grand Teton National Park

The work at Jenny Lake is entering its final phase and will be completed by the end of 2017.

Photo: Grand Teton National Park


This year marks the final summer of construction at one of the most popular destinations in Grand Teton National Park in northwest Wyoming.

Grand Teton spokesman Andrew White says this season’s work at Jenny Lake is the fourth and final major construction phase on an $18 million renovation project.

White tells the Jackson Hole News & Guide ( ) that all the visitor services are open at the lake but visitors might encounter altered access routes.

A temporary visitor center will be in place this summer with information on alternative routes to the lakeshore, trailhead and east shore boat dock.

Parking will be extremely limited, especially for buses, recreational vehicles and trailers. White recommends arriving either before 9 a.m. or after 4 p.m. to avoid crowds.—AP

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Low Country JCB Celebrates Anniversary – Construction News

Low Country JCB Celebrates Anniversary :: Story ID: 34574 :: Construction Equipment Guide


📅   Thu June 01, 2017 – National Edition


(L-R): Jessica and Chris Shea, Low Country JCB owners, welcome Richard Fox-Marrs, JCB North America president and CEO, and Dusty Zeigler, original founding partner of Low Country Machinery and retired NFL lineman.

(L-R): Jessica and Chris Shea, Low Country JCB owners, welcome Richard Fox-Marrs, JCB North America president and CEO, and Dusty Zeigler, original founding partner of Low Country Machinery and retired NFL lineman.

Low Country JCB hosted a 15th anniversary celebration open house on May 12 at the company’s headquarters facility in Pooler, Ga. In addition to showing appreciation to the company’s valued customers, the event served as a celebration of the recent purchase of the distributorship by previous Low Country sales manager, Chris Shea.

A terrific crowd came out to celebrate the success of this distributorship and to see the newest JCB products, including the all-new JCB Hydradig, Teleskid, and Scissor Lifts. Guests also enjoyed the catered lunch and giveaways.

A number of representatives from JCB made their way from the JCB North American headquarters facility located virtually next door to Low Country JCB to show their support and to lend a hand in making this event a great success.—CEG

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GUCA Presents Its North Georgia Industry Luncheon – Construction News

GUCA Presents Its North Georgia Industry Luncheon


📅   Thu June 01, 2017 – Southeast Edition #12


Philip Siegel, Hendrick, Phillips, Salzman & Siegel, delivers a valuable message to GUCA members regarding OSHA citations and effective measures companies should take.

Philip Siegel, Hendrick, Phillips, Salzman & Siegel, delivers a valuable message to GUCA members regarding OSHA citations and effective measures companies should take.

The Georgia Utility Contractors Association (GUCA) North Georgia Industry Luncheon was recently held at The Smith House in Dahlonega, Ga. This was an open invitation event for GUCA members, prospective members, municipalities and government officials. No one in the area wanted to miss out on this opportunity to network while receiving time sensitive information and updates regarding the association and industry. More than 30 members and guests attended this meeting and took advantage of this great networking opportunity.

GUCA members and guests heard a presentation from Philip J. Siegel, Hendrick, Phillips, Salzman & Siegel. Siegel addressed issues regarding OSHA/Unforeseeable Employee Misconduct Defense.

He said that a contractor who has established and enforced a safety program may be able to defend successfully an OSHA citation based upon the defense of unforeseeable employee misconduct. He said contractors have been successful defending themselves against OSHA liability, in many cases, based upon showing unforeseeable, unpreventable, or isolated employee misconduct.

The employee misconduct defense relies on the following four established requirements to be effective: work rules to prevent the violation from occurring, adequately communicating work rules to employees in a language they can understand, systematic steps to discover violations of work rules and enforced disciplinary action rules including termination of employees who violate established work rules.

GUCA members and guests also were addressed by GUCA President Charlotte Garrett, Rockdale Pipeline. She welcomed everyone to the meeting and thanked BITCO Insurance Co. for its generous sponsorship. Garrett also encouraged the members to stay active and participate in future GUCA functions.

The importance of generating new membership was emphasized by Membership Committee Chairmen Dickey Watson, Industrial Chemicals. Watson also encouraged the members to stay active and participate in future GUCA functions and emphasized the importance of generating new membership in the North Georgia area. He promoted the 2016-2017 GUCA Membership Contest and emphasized how important it is building strong membership and relationships within the association.

Scott Brumbelow, GUCA assistant executive director, also updated those in attendance about upcoming events, safety classes and industry and legislative issues. Brumbelow also highlighted scholarship opportunities for GUCA members’ children, as well as workforce development issues. In addition, Scott promoted the GUCA affinity programs including the 401(k) MEP Plan and the BITCO Safety Dividend Program.

Georgia Utility Contractors Association Inc. is a non-profit state trade association located in metro Atlanta representing more than 390 contractor and affiliated firms statewide. GUCA represents the workforce who supplies, installs and rehabilitates the infrastructure of water, sewer, gas, electrical, telecommunications and other underground utility systems for the public and private sector including pipe and plant installation.

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Enerpac High-Capacity SL300 Hydraulic Gantry – Construction News

Enerpac High-Capacity SL300 Hydraulic Gantry


📅   Thu June 01, 2017 – National Edition


Enerpac SL300 Hydraulic Gantry

Enerpac SL300 Hydraulic Gantry


Enerpac introduces the SL300 Hydraulic Gantry, the company’s latest innovation in the SL series of telescoping hydraulic gantries. Equipped with two stage lifting cylinders, the SL300 lifts up to 22 feet at the top of the second stage and can handle up to 337 tons in the first stage.

Designed to meet stringent safety requirements, the SL300 complies with the safety standards set by ASME B30.1-2015. To ensure quality performance, each gantry is tested to 125 percent of capacity at full extension and witness-tested by a qualified, third-party organization. The SL300 is also CE-compliant.

“Providing a more advanced solution than standard lifting systems, the SL300 Hydraulic Gantry offers unique features such as a wireless control system and integrated self-propelled drive system. It’s sized to fit our 24-inch track gage,” said Peter Crisci, Enerpac. “These features, combined with safe, reliable performance, allow our customers to satisfy their complicated lifting applications.”

Featuring the Intellilift wireless control system, the SL300 provides optimum performance and allows for unobstructed views of the load. The control system allows users to operate the lift locally at each leg or use the Intellilift remote control. The wireless system ensures automatic synchronization of lifting with accuracy of 1 inch and automatic synchronization of travel with accuracy of 0.60 inch.

For enhanced durability, the SL300 offers a sturdy, proven base frame that can withstand a variety of environmental conditions. It can also be equipped with a powered side shift for easy operation.

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$973M Savannah Harbor Expansion Project More Than Halfway Complete – Construction Equipment Guide

$973M Savannah Harbor Expansion Project More Than Halfway Complete


📅   Thu June 01, 2017 – Southeast Edition #11
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U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Savannah District photo
Less than two years into the $973 million project to expand the Savannah Harbor, work is now 60 percent complete

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Savannah District photo
Less than two years into the $973 million project to expand the Savannah Harbor, work is now 60 percent complete

Less than two years into the $973 million project to expand the Savannah Harbor, work is now 60 percent complete.

The project, which got under way in September 2015, extends the harbor from 33 miles out into the Atlantic Ocean to just under 40, deepening it from minus 42 feet to minus 47. The extension will allow super ships sailing through the enlarged Panama Canal to call upon the Port of Savannah.

“Completion of the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project [SHEP] is critically important to the global competitiveness of American shippers and the people they employ,” said Griff Lynch, executive director of the Georgia Ports Authority.

“A deeper river will allow 14,000 twenty-foot equivalent container unit vessels to call the Port of Savannah with greater scheduling flexibility.”

The project consists of 11 major features.

“Two of the features are what we term construction, which means it’s deepening the inner harbor and outer harbor,” said Russell Wicke, spokesman of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. “That’s the two main breadwinners. There are also a couple of bend wideners since these big vessels have to go around sharp turns, a meeting area and the Kings Island turning basin. The other main part are the environmental mitigation projects. Those make up roughly half of the cost.”

The deepening project uses two types of dredges: hopper dredges, used only in the ocean portion, and cutterhead dredges.

“The hopper dredges are doing bulk of the work for the outer channel,” Wicke said. “A hopper dredge is a much larger vessel and uses vacuum technology to suck the sediment from the ocean floor and store on the vessel itself. The dredge goes to an ocean disposal site and dumps the sediment.

“The cutterhead dredges use a long pipe and it has what looks like a giant drill bit that kind of sweeps from side to side. It is much slower. Instead of just moving forward, dragging suction cup behind it, it stays in place and sweeps the drill bit piece from side to side. It has giant pipes that dispose the sediment to a land based area.”

There are roughly six components of the environmental mitigation project. The biggest is the dissolved oxygen injection system, which mitigates what models indicate may be depleted oxygen in the water when the channel is deepened.

“We will build two main facilities, and they will pull oxygen from ambient air, mix it with the Savannah river water and inject back into the river,” Wicke said.

The second large component is a water supply impoundment. The city of Savannah has a water supply intake out of the Abercorn Creek tributary. Models indicate that when three rare conditions — drought flows, very hot temperatures and very high tides — occur at the same time, the chlorides in the water could be higher. The impoundment puts aside two to three days of water for the city’s use so the city can stop drawing water from the supply intake and draw it instead from the impoundment.

Another significant environmental feature is flow rerouting.

“There are two sides of the river,” Wicke said. “The Georgia side is developed but the South Carolina side is a fresh water wildlife refuge.

“When we deepen, more saltwater will go up stream, which moves the brackish water line. The flow rerouting diverts more fresh water to South Carolina and allows water coming from tides only to the Georgia side.”

The cost of the project has increased from the original $706 million to the current budget of $973 million. The Corps attributes the increase to escalation involved with extending the timeline to complete the project, a sharp increase in the cost for industrial dredging, incremental funding of contracts and several one-of-a-kind features that have undergone changes as they progressed from conceptual to specific designs.

When complete the project is expected to result in significant economic benefits.

“From farmers across rural America and manufacturers in the Midwest, to the thriving clay, forest products and other industries in Georgia, lowering the cost of delivering our goods to the international marketplace makes Georgia more competitive and opens new markets overseas,” Lynch said.

“Likewise, manufacturers receiving parts or retailers receiving finished goods can ship products to customers and consumers at a better price. American businesses are estimated to save 20 to 40 percent on transportation costs as the SHEP comes online. According to an economic impact study conducted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the harbor expansion will reduce net shipping costs by an estimated $282 million per year. For every dollar invested, the nation’s economy will reap $7.30 in net benefits. Improving on Savannah’s world-class efficiency will provide the state an advantage in economic development. Industries are already drawn to the region because of the port. SHEP will only enhance the region’s attractiveness to site selectors.”

The project could be completed in as little as five years.

“So far we’re making great time,” Wicke said. “If we get optimal funding and we don’t have any more delays in awarding contracts and we don’t have trouble acquiring the lands we need to acquire, it’s possible to complete this project by January 2022.”—CEG

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HCSS Safety Empowers Employees, Improves Safety Program Management Efficiency – Construction Equipment Guide

HCSS Safety Empowers Employees, Improves Safety Program Management Efficiency


📅   Thu June 01, 2017 – National Edition



Today’s HCSS Safety program offered by construction industry software developer, HCSS (, helps companies to develop a culture of safety by empowering employees to contribute to the safety program. Through cloud-based storage and reporting of critical safety data – safety meetings, near misses and incidents reporting, training, and job and activity hazard analysis, among other record keeping items – HCSS Safety assists contractors in more effectively and efficiently managing their safety programs.

Recently released updates to HCSS Safety enhance the program’s reporting capabilities to assist safety managers in preparing records for inspections. “Our program now allows safety personnel to show all near misses and incidents by location and by date range in the event of an OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) audit,” says Gabriel Lacanlale, product manager for HCSS. “The manager system allows all reports to be quickly accessed, using easy data-mining filters. Reports that previously took up to a week to gather using paper reporting can now be accessed in about 5 minutes from anywhere a cloud connection can be established.”

Through the web-based mobile app, HCSS Safety empowers field employees to personally contribute observations such as near miss situations and incidents. By helping to foster company-wide ownership of the safety program, HCSS Safety removes sole responsibility of the program from safety personnel. Since information is captured digitally through the easy-to-use software, safety issues in the field can be addressed on the spot and information can be immediately disseminated to other offices. “It is a much faster and more efficient reporting system than paper reporting for preventing incidents, and it drives safe working practices in the field,” says Lacanlale.

HCSS Safety offers more than 1,000 meeting, 400-plus job hazard analysis (JHA) 200 inspection programs prebuilt into the software to enhance a contractor’s overall safety plan. Additionally, contractors can use HCSS Safety for OSHA 300 log reporting, scheduling meetings, and keeping track of workers’ skills and certifications. Subscriptions and licenses are customizable to fit a contractor’s needs, and all subscriptions come with professional implementation planning, training and instant 24/7 phone customer support.

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Indonesian villagers cooking with gas – from garbage

June 15 – A community in East Java, Indonesia, is turning methane from the local garbage dump into gas for more than 400 homes. Local authorities have set up a system where methane produced by rotting waste is extracted and pumped to villages nearby, turning greenhouse gas emissions into useful energy. Tara Cleary reports.

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The Indonesian province of Malang produces 600 tonnes of garbage every day and most if it ends up here at the local dump.
The rotting piles of waste are a source of methane gas, a bi-product of decomposition and a major contributor to global warming.
But here at the dump, authorities have turned an environmental hazard into a resource. They’re capturing the methane and converting it into a source of energy for more than 400 nearby homes, according to landfill technical manager Lanto.
“We extract methane gas emitted from these garbage piles and transfer it through 48 pipe wells located behind the landfill.”
The pure methane is separated from other gases like carbon dioxide at an onsite facility.
It is then distributed to local villages.
Herman Cahyono is one of the happy recipients .
He was using Liquid Petroleum Gas but says the landfill methane has slashed his energy costs..
“I am using methane gas and only pay about 10,000 Rupiah every month. If I were using Liquid petroleum gas I would have to pay 180,000 Rupiah each month. It is very helpful, and the 10,000 Rupiah is merely the cost of monthly maintenance fees.”
Lanto says the next step is to increase the system’s capacity to produce electricity, enough he says, to eventually support the entire community, while taking even more methane out of the air.

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